Job Summary: University Advancement is a rewarding place to work for those motivated to make a lasting impact on the campus, students, and programs at the University of Utah. The Development Specialist works with the Senior Director, Principal Gifts, and the Associate Director of Major and Corporate Gifts on executing major gift and corporate philanthropy strategic plans. This position supports these programs’ fundraising activities through duties related to the Proposal Calendar, prospect research and identification, reporting, data management, editing and preparing proposals, internal and external customer service, event organization, and occasional writing projects. Additionally, this position works with multiple colleges and units. This role must exercise independent judgment and initiative in performing these duties and demonstrate a high level of confidentiality.

Incumbents have the latitude to coordinate specific programs, including negotiating fees with vendors and making volunteer and support staff assignments for fundraising events. This position does not directly supervise others. Challenges include ensuring deadlines are met and assisting with the development of fundraising strategies for an entity not commonly regarded as a source of funding.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

As a part of the University of Utah, the University Advancement division is deeply committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion ( EDI ). We embrace this commitment to grow and maintain a diverse, safe, and inclusive workplace culture for all employees in University Advancement. With an increasingly diverse population of alumni and donors, we recognize that nationally the most successful advancement offices employ individuals who can connect with these diverse communities and understand approaches that mirror a broad perspective of cultures, values, and experiences. The long-term strength and viability of the University of Utah stem from the ongoing EDI practices, and we work intentionally to ensure these efforts are reflected in all aspects of our fundraising and advancement work. We highly encourage applications from historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military, and others who would bring additional dimensions of education and experience to our team.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.
Primary Responsibilities: Responsibilities

1. Proposal and Pre-proposal Process: Coordinates Advancement Office major gift and corporate philanthropy activities by notifying campus entities of pre-proposal deadlines, letter of Intent due dates, post-grant reports, etc. Compile and prepare pre-proposals for University administration or external constituent review and approval. Work with the Senior and Associate Directors to field questions from campus areas regarding proposal submissions. Notify campus areas of decisions regarding pre-proposals and proposal awards. Review, edit and coordinate submissions to foundations and maintain organized electronic and hard copy files for all local corporations and foundations on the University giving calendar. Additionally, coordinate post-grant reports with the campus areas. Use discretion and professionalism in dealing with confidential information. Work with grants system and prepare summaries.

2. Deadline Calendar and Proposal Operations: Create, maintain and update major gift and corporate Limited Submission Calendar, which requires research on pertinent entities. Create funding requirement checklists for each foundation on the awards calendar, as well as track proposal progress. The incumbent will centrally send out all RFPs and internal calls for pre-proposals and manage a post-grant report calendar.

3. Prospect Qualification: Perform occasional research to understand the strategic plans and initiatives of targeted individuals and organizations and provide high-level strategic analysis and recommendations for advancement staff University-wide. Participate in strategy sessions on major gift and corporate goals, priorities, and activities; manage the process of compiling area ideas. Identify and research funding opportunities, request for proposals, news, and grant databases to support University priorities and collaborations. Assist Major and Principal Giving Advancement staff to perform timely proposal-related qualification functions and collaborate with the Prospect Research team on prospect research as necessary. Maintain the confidentiality of prospect information to ensure integrity and privacy.

4. Donor Events/Special Projects: Plan, organize, implement, and evaluate donor events (in coordination with the Donor Relations team) and donor site visits. Ensure events adhere to applicable state and university regulations, policies or guidelines. Assist with budgets; monitor expenditures and ensure the receipt and recording of various fees associated with events are accurate. Plan events and coordinate stewardship for donors such as special passes, parking, etc. This role works closely on principal gifts, donor recognitions and stewardship.

5. Donor and External Interactions: Assists with the design and implementation of new donor cultivation ideas and programs. Evaluates effectiveness and make recommendations for change. May interact with donors and external constituents regarding processes. Prepares proposals by performing research, coordinating with funders, and writing the proposals. May represent the department /college or University at various community meetings and events.

6. Information – Website/Customer Service: Identify and maintain information on donors and prospective donors using the Unite database. Maintain advanced knowledge and understanding of the foundation community and grant-making trends, including ongoing research on local funders regarding funding priorities, grants to similar organizations, dollar range of grants funded proposals, deadlines, board and staff contacts. Help identify organizational contacts for acknowledgment letters and stewardship and update this information in the database. Manage Major and Principal Giving website/intranet information. Prepare donor profiles and materials for meetings and outreach. Evaluate web-tool effectiveness and help develop content for area development officers and faculty. Field questions relating to proposals and major gift and corporate prospects from the campus areas.

7. Advancement Writing: Assist with cover letters, case-statements, and proposals to major funders from the President, University Advancement VP and other campus leaders. Occasionally work with units across the University to create donor-centric written materials, including case statements, proposals, reports, and briefs, to support the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship efforts for principal giving prospects and donors.

8. Administrative Support: Provide day-to-day administrative support for the Senior and Associate Directors. This may include, but is not limited to, organizing calendars and meetings, reconciling budgets, entering the local organization and major gift plans into Unite, managing submittable forms and submissions from campus areas, and coordinating with campus partners.

Other duties as assigned.
Desired Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, or a related field, or equivalency; and demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required. Experience which includes fundraising, grant and publication writing, planning and implementing special events and programs and a successful track record in raising donations is preferred.


3-5 years related experience in higher education, fundraising, non-profits, or business; a self-starter who takes initiative and can work independently to solve problems. Customer service experience preferred. Proficiency in basic office skills (Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel) and time management preferred.
Benefits / Why Work for Us: This role has great benefits, ample professional development opportunities, a strong culture of collaboration and a bold mission/vision to support Utah's flagship institution of higher education.

The University of Utah is a great place to work, learn and grow. As a preeminent research and teaching university with national and global reach, the University of Utah provides a wide range of opportunities for personal and professional growth in educational, research, and clinical environments.

Advantages of working at the University of Utah include:

Academic environment that reflects the highest standards of scholarship and professional practice
Comprehensive benefits, including tuition reduction, health care, and retirement
Professional development opportunities to expand your skills and grow your career
World class healthcare facilities, including University Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Hospital and Institute, Brain Institute, John A. Moran Eye Center and Community Clinics
Top ranked teaching and research institution
Wellness program to promote health and quality of life
Beautiful location on the foothills of the Wasatch mountain range minutes from many of the world’s best ski resorts and outdoor recreation facilities and locations
Variety of cultural events
Family friendly work-life balance
Broad variety of exceptional athletic programs which have earned numerous national championships and conference team championships
One of the largest employers in the State of Utah
Free UTA TRAX/ Bus pass for all employees
Reward and Recognition program
Convenient location close to downtown Salt Lake City
Quality environment committed to treating all members of the university community in an equitable and fair manner.

Living in Utah

Our employees generally live along the Wasatch front, which includes Salt Lake, Summit, Weber, Davis, Utah and Tooele counties. Moving to a new state and starting a new job can be challenging. Since most of our employees live in the Salt Lake City area, below is a list of helpful information about the U and Salt Lake City to help with your transition.


University Employees in benefit-eligible positions can choose from a variety of benefit plans. Most benefit plans have rules that govern when employees may enroll or change their enrollment.
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Compensation Type: Annual salary
Hourly Wage Minimum: This is a salary position.
Hourly Wage Maximum: This is a salary position.
Salary Minimum: $40,000
Salary Maximum: $55,000
Closing Date: 4/16/2021
Status: Full Time
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah (hybrid work from home and in-person)


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